Wale‘s third studio album The Gifted is set to drop this Tuesday and today he gets some promotional help from The Washington Post. Read the entire article here, or check out an excerpt from the story below.

He’s been goaded into far too many “Wale moments” here, engaging with anonymous trash talkers, confronting his critics, shouting down the faceless digital mob that lives inside his phone at all times. He can’t seem to go more than two minutes without looking at the screen. He says he turns it off only when he’s recording or sleeping.

“I wake up every morning to ‘I love you, you’re the greatest’ and ‘I hate you and wish you would retire,’ ” Wale says. “I’m looking for a little reality in there.”

How different would his life be if he didn’t have the ability to know what millions thought of him at any given instant?

He doesn’t hesitate: “I think I’d be one of the most successful rappers alive.”

You can pre-order The Gifted on iTunes now. Grab tickets for Wale‘s upcoming sit down with Elliott Wilson here.